Healthy_Eating_Mom_Daughter_Dad_ChoppingrsYou may have seen our Arizona Nutrition Network’s new messages about how important it is for families to eat together. The Network provides nutrition education statewide for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and their message about the importance of family meals can be seen on television, billboards, social media, community classes, and many other locations.

Mealtime is family time and we encourage you to take time to make meals and memories together. I know how difficult it can be as a working family with kids to get a nutritious family meal on the table. My house is always busy in the evening after I get home from work as we make dinner, help the kids finish homework and get two kids and a baby fed, bathed and in bed. But I must say meal time is one of my favorite times of the day. We have a rule at our house, “no technology during meals.” This is the time I get to truly talk and connect with my kids.

Every weekend, I try to cook a new recipe with my kids. Usually it’s something we are going to eat during that week to make dinner time a little less hectic. There are lots of benefits to this; cooking is an important skill they can use as they get older, teaches them math and measuring, and I get to spend more quality time with them. Plus, it gets me a pre-cooked meal that’s ready to go! My oldest really enjoys looking at recipes and picking some to try. One of the places we like to look is the Arizona Nutrition Network’s recipe website. It has a bunch of recipes that are healthy that use lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Plus, it already has all of the nutritional information available for you!

Remember to cook together, eat together and talk together. Make mealtime a time for family. For healthy tips and recipes, visit